See more remote resources for connecting from home.
Communicate and collaborate
- Instant message with colleagues: Use Google Chat to send messages to individuals, send group messages, and engage in team-based collaboration with rooms across the entire university community and externally.
- Meet face-to-face online: Choose from BlueJeans (retiring May 1, 2021), Zoom, or Google Meet to continue to meet with colleagues remotely. See best practices for videoconferencing, regardless of the service you use.
Note: BlueJeans and Zoom for Health are approved for Personal Health Information (PHI).
- University phones:
- Access your university voicemail inbox from any phone, including your mobile device.
- Please do not forward your university phone to a personal or home telephone number. This feature is reserved for critical operations. Instead, please keep your MCommunity profile updated with your preferred contact methods.
- General tips for collaborating and communicating remotely:
- Gather cell or home phone numbers for key team members.
- Most smartphones are able to have a conference call with 3 to 5 parties.
- Conduct test meetings and/or other activities if you anticipate the need to meet remotely.
Access Online Resources
- Using your university computer: MiWorkspace and most unit-supported laptops are already equipped to work from off-campus locations. You may need to enable VPN to access protected resources. Learn more about using MiWorkspace computers remotely. If your computer is managed by your unit, please check with your IT support team for more information.
- Connect to network drives: Access files saved to your unit’s shared network drives from your personal or university device. See instructions for mapping network drives for Windows and Mac computers.
- General tips for accessing online resources:
- Bookmark Wolverine Access to access and personalize shortcuts to U-M online tools and websites.
- Back up your university computer using Desktop Backup to protect your data from loss and provide another option to access files remotely.
- Use the Ask A Librarian service to seek assistance with library and research-related questions from U-M Library reference staff.
- Reference UHR’s resource guide for additional tips for employees on Working Through COVID-19 (PDF).